Arrival and Directions
Arrival information for new students to UiB.
We want to help your arrival go smoothly.
Arriving in Bergen
Step 1: Arrival and check-in
Students staying at any SAMMEN student accommodation can pick up their key from 1 August. Note that your place of residence decides where you pick up your key.
- Sammen offers extended opening hours in August, and you can find your pick up point on the same page as the August opening hours.
The pick up points are either Fantofthallen or the Student Centre in the city centre (Parkveien 1), depending on your place of residence.
See also Sammens's regular opening hours for the Information desk at the Student Centre. It's possible to have someone else pick up your key for you, but you need to notify Sammen at firstname.lastname@example.org and state the name of the person coming to pick it up.
Please note that the University of Bergen does not offer key assistance help or airport meetup, so if you are not able to collect your keys within SAMMEN openings hours, you will have to find alternative accommodation through for instance:
Step 2: Finding your accommodations
After picking up your keys, you can continue on to your accommodations:
- For directions from the city centre to Fantoft Student Hostel.
- For directions from the city centre to Alrek Student Hostel.
The most affordable way to travel from the airport is via public transit through Bergen Light Rail (bybanen) Skyss or Flybussen. Using Flybussen to travel from the airport costs more than using bybanen (Skyss), however the travel time is faster.
You can also see our Getting around Bergen page for general information about public transportation in Bergen.
If you have a lot of luggage or have arrived so late that public transportation is not running, you may wish to get a taxi. Taxis are usually parked outside the airport terminal.
Confirmation of arrival
If you are an exchange student and need to have a Confirmation of Arrival form or Learning Agreement signed, please visit your Faculty Information Centre.
Attend the Welcome Programme
Attending the Welcome Programme provides valuable practical and cultural information; we hope to see you there!
You will receive registration guidelines by email from the International Admission Team in the middle of June. Feel free to begin your registration process as soon as you like, but remember to be mindful of both general and course-specific deadlines.
Checklist for new students
Please have a look at the checklist for new international students. It describes the procedures that are necessary to complete in order to study at UiB.
Get a jump-start on making connections by joining our Facebook group, UiB International Students 2019/2020. Please note that our Facebook group is only open to international students enrolled at UiB.
Arrival after 8 August
We welcome you to participate in any remaining parts of the Welcome Programme even if you arrive after 8 August.
If you will arrive in Bergen after the Welcome Programme, there are a number of details to attend to.
Contact the faculty
Consult the faculty/department(s) where you plan to study. They can determine if you’ll miss any required components. Please also note that UiB’s Norwegian language courses have mandatory attendance and lectures start from August.
Make sure you are meeting registration deadlines
We want you to get into all the classes you need, so make sure you don’t miss registration deadlines. Pay attention to general and course-specific deadlines. You will receive registration guidelines by email from the International Admission Team in June.
Notify Sammen Housing
Visit the International Centre when you arrive
When you arrive at UiB, you should visit the International Centre for guidance regarding the checklist for new international students, how to find your way around campus, and to get your UiB tote bag.
|1 August||Starting date for Sammen's housing contracts|
|8 August||Start of Welcome Programme|
|Week 33-34||Start of lectures at most of the faculties*|